Former Cardinals star pitching prospect Jess Todd has been designated for assignment for the second time in less than a month.
Picked up by the Yankees only a week ago when Cleveland cut him loose to make room for another player on its 40-man roster, New York bumped him to Amaury Sanit who was called up to the major league club.
Todd made only two appearanced for the Yankees Class AAA affiliate, Scranton-Wilkes Barre. It didn't go well. He walked two and gave up a hit and a run in an inning and two thirds to compile a 10.80 ERA. But it really wasn't much of a chance. No word if Todd was just the easy guy to cut because the Yanks didn't have much invested in him or if they were so put off by his stuff that they no longer wanted him.
It's amazing how much difference a few months can make in the value of a prospect.
Cardinals fans were howling in pain when it was announced that Todd was the player to be named later in the deal that brought Mark DeRosa to St. Louis in late 2009. Although the DeRosa deal turned out to be a bust because of his damaged wrist, it was relief prospect Chris Perez that turned out to be the big loss while Todd apparently has no value in trade any longer.
If he did, the Yanks or the Tribe probably would have tried to at least get something for him instead of just letting Todd walk away.